Everton boss happy with comeback win
EVERTON manager Roberto Martinez was thrilled with his side's reaction after they fought back from two goals down to win their Premier League match against West Bromwich Albion on Monday.
The Toffees found themselves 0-2 down in the 54th minute when Craig Dawson scored from a corner but striker Romelu Lukaku netted twice and set up another goal to secure the 3-2 win.
It was only the second time Everton have won in the Premier League after being two goals down - the last time was their comeback win over AFC Wimbledon in 1994.
The Toffees remain unbeaten on their travels this season, winning twice and drawing twice in the league while defeating both lower-tier sides Barnsley and Reading in the League Cup. More importantly, it was the perfect preparation for Everton's Merseyside derby date with Liverpool on Sunday.
"The reaction was the most pleasing aspect of the performance. We took responsibility and wanted to get a win with a completely different attitude," said Martinez.
"Our first-half performance wasn't up to our normal level. We couldn't find passes and we were quite loose.
"In the second half, I wouldn't say it was a change from one or two players - it was the whole team. We had a reset and then it was a completely different approach."
Albion's third league defeat of the season left Tony Pulis' team languishing in 15th place.
"We switched off and Everton will punish you," admitted the West Brom manager.
He said the Baggies were hurt by the loss of defenders Gareth McAuley, who was ruled out of the match, and Jonas Olsson, forced off due to a groin injury during the match.
"I don't think it helped that we lost McAuley yesterday and then lost Olsson after 15 minutes. They are two players that when crosses come in, they defend them very well, and Everton have scored off two crosses," Pulis told reporters.